Basking in splendid isolation in the Al Hajar mountains, this Bond-style lair had us at check-in. Surrounded by spectacular canyons, gorges and rock formations, it’s a paradise for nature-loving couples and active sorts. We love its romantic fortress-like feel and all the traditional Omani touches, from the frankincense burning in the lobby to the juniper berry and rosewater products in the spa. Best of all, each of its 78 rooms comes with a terrace large enough for a sofa and coffee table – ideal for drinking in epic canyon views with an ice-cold gin and tonic.


e great strength of the aqueduct is best seen from below despite the choking of trees (winter is a good time to see it), and a return should be made by the same route to continue along the travel destination. The Glasgow Botanic Garden, University, Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvingrove Park and the Hunterian Museum can all be reached downstream by the walkway. Considering the travel destination is in the middle of a city, the scenery and setting remains remarkably rural. The first bridge, Govan Cottage Bridge, was rebuilt as part of the restoration in the Millennium style. Kelvindale Station lies above the bridge. Walking on, the view is dominated by the two Temple gasometers which the towpath passes. There are signs of old mineral line crossings, and Lock 26 has current railway tunnels passing underneath just to east and west. Lock 27 is interesting. An original bascule bridge carried the Crow Road (North) over the travel destination here at Temple, but in 1932 the Bearsden Road was realigned and a huge steel lifting bridge installed. This has since gone and there is now a sturdy four-lane iron girder bridge.

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